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The Power of Community and Recycling: The Refundables at Manly Gardens

Four years ago, four residents of Manly Gardens were looking for ways to organise events that everyone at the community could enjoy. However, to bring this idea to life, they needed funds. Instead of seeking donations or external support, they turned to an innovative solution—collecting 10-cent bottles.

Thus, The Refundables was born. This group of enthusiastic residents began gathering recyclable bottles, cashing them in, and using the proceeds to fund community events. It was a win-win situation: promoting recycling and generating funds for a good cause.

The impact of The Refundables’ efforts has been nothing short of extraordinary. Over the years, they have organised a variety of events that have brought joy and a sense of belonging to the residents of Manly Gardens. Some of the highlights include:

  • Monthly Birthday Morning Teas: Each month, The Refundables host a special afternoon tea to celebrate the birthdays of community members and all are welcome.
  • Mother’s Day: On Mother’s Day, a morning tea is held, and the female residents of Manly Gardens are treated to beautiful flowers that The Refundables make themselves with the help of some other residents.
  • Race Day: As a preliminary to the Melbourne Cup, a race day is held at the community, encouraging some lively competition.
  • Seasonal Celebrations and More: From holiday parties to special-themed events, The Refundables ensure there’s always something to look forward to.

Celebrating a Milestone

Recently, The Refundables reached an impressive milestone: they have raised $20,000 by cashing in bottles. This incredible achievement is a testament to their hard work, determination, and the power of collective effort. To celebrate this milestone, they organised a three-course meal for nearly 100 residents, all free of charge. The event was a grand success, filled with laughter, delicious food, and a strong sense of community spirit.

The Power of Recycling and Teamwork

The journey of The Refundables is a powerful reminder of what can be achieved when a community comes together with a shared goal. Through their innovative recycling initiative, they have not only raised funds for events but also fostered a culture of sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Their story highlights the importance of small actions—like collecting recyclable bottles—that can lead to significant positive changes.

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